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Old 04-14-2008, 11:58 AM   #1
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Are these ball joints shot?

Here's a short video of the control arms I just got from a salvage yard in VA. I think I already know the answer to this but wanted to make sure before I call the guy back and have him send another set.

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I'd just get some new ones if you've got the budget for it.



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I would try and get better ones
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I'm doing a full suspension upgrade from the earlier style on my '95. Funds are getting slim and I already spent $250 on these, a new sway bar and stanchion arms. Plus over $200 for all polly busings and stanchion arm bushings. I don't want to put these under my car if I have to yank 'em out again in a year.
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Get your money back by returnign them and get the whole kit from Nick. Yes its 762 dollars but everything is brand new and that means no having to worry about your ball joints for a while.

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Old 04-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #6
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Get your money back by returnign them and get the whole kit from Nick. Yes its 762 dollars but everything is brand new and that means no having to worry about your ball joints for a while.

http://www.genuinesaab.com/catalog/p...b8dbade45779ec
Wish I could but can't for 2 reasons. Time and money. My current suspension is way past due for an update.
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Ok, I just got off the phone with the salvage yard. He says they'll be fine once I replace the boots. The donor car had about 35K miles on it. Opinions?
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They are in better shape than the ones on my car now.

I am gonna hit a junkyard in MD tomorow for a fan, I'll see if they have some really tight ones.
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They are in better shape than the ones on my car now.

I am gonna hit a junkyard in MD tomorow for a fan, I'll see if they have some really tight ones.
With that said and what I got from the yard I think I'll just go with them. I've already ordered the boots anyway.
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How much did you spend on these worn out control arms?? over 200??

You couldve bought brand new ones from g-saab for close to that. I found out this weekend that I have to replace both my control arms also. I dont think i'd ever want to replace something like a c-arm with a used one, low miles or not.. Especially since the price difference is so close.
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Old 04-21-2008, 05:19 AM   #11
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How much did you spend on these worn out control arms?? over 200??
Please read the whole thread.
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i did read it, sorry if I didnt include the sway bar and s.arms in the price. All i was saying is that I wouldnt bother with used control arms w/ bad ball joints in them for that costs compared to new.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:02 AM   #13
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i did read it, sorry if I didnt include the sway bar and s.arms in the price. All i was saying is that I wouldnt bother with used control arms w/ bad ball joints in them for that costs compared to new.
I'm on a pretty tight budget with this project. It has to be done now before my current arms let go and put me in the wall. It was either $250 for all parts used or over $600 for new. Labor is also a factor here. I'm not brave enough to do this type of work myself. It's far to important.
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